One of the world’s largest carnivals, locals and tourists alike take to the streets of Tenerife in a colourful celebration of life. Appropriately twinned with carnival specialists Rio de Janeiro, Santa Cruz brings together over a hundred musical bands during its opening parade which sees thousands of costumed revellers dancing the night away until the early hours. Traditional activities such as the crowning of the Gala Queen and the musical competitions are televised across the nation and are usually sold out. The entire Carnival Saturday is given over to dance, whether that’s to traditional Latin songs or contemporary electronic music - all is catered for in this huge annual celebration.
If you’d like to join in the festivities in Santa Cruz, you’re in for a wild five days. The annual murga and Gala Queen contests take place early on in the carnival with the main parade being held on 28th February. The annual burial of the sardine signifies the end of the carnival and provides a burlesque finale to the annual celebration. To participate in the action, fly in to Tenerife Norte airport, from which you can get on the number 102 bus which will take you into the capital, Santa Cruz for €2.65.
Carnival in Tenerife brings with its own special brand of musical entertainment. A key element is the comparsas, or huge bands all playing traditional carnival conga music, providing the rhythmic backbone to the celebrations. The carnival is also known for its murgas, a unique theatrical play set to music, usually making fun of key topical issues of the day. And don’t forget the traditional rondalla, a collection of musicians playing stringed instruments and performing public serenades. In a nation which takes its fiestas very seriously, you’ll find that most of the community takes part in the carnival in some form - commonly as part of one of these musical groups.
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If you’re travelling to Tenerife for this lively event, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do on the island, including: Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa, Playa de las Teresitas and Palmetum Santa Cruz Jardin Botanico.
To find out more information about the carnival, please check out the carnival’s official website where you’ll be able to find out the best places to enjoy the carnival festivities and discover facts about the carnival including the types of costumes, dances and activities that take place.
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